New Jersey HS Football Update: Player Rips Off Opponent’s Helmet, Hits Him In Head With It
It's time to see what America's fun-loving high school football players are up to this week. It happened in Linden, N.J., as Linden High was playing Immaculata High on Saturday. At the end of one play, a Linden defensive player pulls the helmet off of a Immaculata lineman, and then strikes him in the head with it.
Result: 10 stitches for the Immaculata player, and 15-yard penalty for Linden.
Not a great start to the high school football season. Over the past two weeks, two referees have been targeted, both during games in San Antonio. One was viciously tackled on the field and the other was pushed intentionally. In the former incident, authorities are pondering criminal charges.
The Linden player, No. 1 in your video above, was not ejected because no ref actually saw the assault. But the video camera sees all, and the player has been kicked off the team, according to NBC-New York.
The school said it contacted Linden school officials, the Linden police department, and the NJSIAA. Linden police said the department was looking into the unsportsmanlike conduct.
Linden's superintendent, Danny Robertozzi, said in a statement the public school district is "extremely disheartened" by what happened and the Board of Education is "appalled" by the student's conduct. As such, the student has been removed from the football team and the Board of Education is "pursuing the severest disciplinary measures permitted under law," Robertozzi said.
"The brutal action taken by this young man is simply unacceptable and will not be condoned," the statement continued.
Not the smoothest of moves under any circumstances, but especially now when there's so much worry about concussions and excessive violence in football. Look kids, you're just a few inches away from having football replaced with boys volleyball or competitive hide 'n seek as it is, so why don't you get your act together and quit being thugs?
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